HFPA Grants More Than $1,200,000 to 28 Film Schools and Non-Profit Organizations During Annual Installation Luncheon

by HFPA August 9, 2007

Contact: Michael Russel                (310) 939-9024                                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BEVERLY HILLS, CA, August 9, 2007 – The Hollywood Foreign Press Association presented $1,200,425 in financial grants to film schools and non-profit organizations at its annual Installation Luncheon honoring the organization’s 2007-2008 slate of officers today at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The amount is the largest tally ever distributed at the annual luncheon in the organization’s 65-year-history.

Celebrities attending the event to announce grants included Marc Anthony, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Lopez, and Hilary Swank. Acceptance remarks on behalf of the grants were made by Josh Brolin (FilmAid International), Billy Bush (Lollipop Theatre Network), Kate del Castillo (Inner-City Arts), Sam Elliott (Los Angeles Conservancy), Peter Falk (Columbia University School of the Arts), Christine Lahti (Sundance Institute), Masi Oka (American Cinematheque), Tony Plana (National Association of Latino Independent Producers), Charlize Theron (The Film Foundation, Inc.) and Forest Whitaker (Film Independent, Inc.).

President Jorge Camara introduced the new officers Mike Goodridge, vice president; Serge Rakhlin, executive secretary; and Meher Tatna, treasurer. The new Board of Directors is comprised of Mahfouz Doss (Chairman), Armando Gallo, Anke Hofmann, Erkki Kanto, Paz Mata, and Frances Schoenberger (alternate).

“We’re delighted that so many celebrities and community leaders were able to be with us today for our annual installation luncheon to celebrate the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s donations to 28 outstanding film-related charities and educational institutions,” said Camara. “We are proud that this year’s annual grants exceed $1,200,000 and our total tally for grants given during the last 13 years is more than $7.7 million. We are thrilled that the success of the Golden Globes allows us to be so generous.” Click here to view this with photos.   



Higher Education Grants – HFPA Fellows and Scholarships Institutional SupportAmerican Film Institute $30,000 for HFPA Fellowships for second-year MFA studentsCalifornia Institute of the Arts $60,000 for eight scholarships for upperclassmen and graduate students California State University, Long Beach; Dept. of Film and Electronic Arts $30,000 for scholarshipsCalifornia State University, Los Angeles$40,000$30,000 for fellowships for directing students to complete their film/video projects and for showcase of projects.$10,000 for digital video equipmentCalifornia State University, Northridge; Dept. of Cinema and Television Arts$80,000$60,000 for fellowships for seniors for their final film project$15,000 for equipment upgrades $5,000 for showcase of projectsColumbia University School of the Arts$50,000 for HFPA Fellowships for international MFA candidates.New York University; Tisch School of the Arts$20,000 to support third-year students to complete their thesis films.North Carolina School of the Arts Foundation$20,000 for HFPA Fellow Scholarships for undergraduate studentsUniversity of California, Los Angeles; School of theatre Film and Television$80,000$50,000 for five directing student fellowships $30,000 for presenting sponsorship at the 2008 Festival of New Creative Work –week long showcasing of student workPre-Professional Training and EducationCalifornia State Summer School Arts Foundation$20,000 for scholarships for inner-city high school students with exceptional talent in the arts to attend InnerSpark, a summer arts training programThe Ghetto Film School, Inc.$15,000 to provide training and experience for New York City-Bronx inner-city youth interested in pursuing careers in filmmakingInner-City Arts$20,000 to support the animation program for middle and high school inner-city youthInner-City Filmmakers$20,000 to support inner-city youth by providing year-round sequential education, training and job placement for diverse, talented young artists interested in film industry careersLos Angeles County High School for the Arts Foundation$20,425 to underwrite some of the TV/Film Program classes not funded by the StateProfessional Training and MentoringFilm Independent, Inc.$30,000 to support Project:Involve: a mentoring, training, job placement and screening program for local underrepresented filmmakersIndependent Feature Project$10,000 to provide national emerging filmmakers with quality works-in-progress professional mentorship and industry support at the end stages of productionNational Association of Latino Independent Producers, Inc.$20,000 to provide professional filmmaker mentors at the Latino Producers Academy- workshop and practicum sessions for emerging Latino/a filmmakers to support their film projectsSundance Institute$100,000 to continue support of the development and expansion of emerging international filmmakers participation in the Sundance Feature Film Program Screenwriting and Filmmaking Labs

Promote Cultural Exchange Through FilmFilmAid International$50,000$25,000 to support the HFPA Kakuma Peace and Reconciliation Series for Sudanese refugees in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya$25,000 to support the Participatory Video Project for refugee youth in Kakuma Refugee Camp to learn filmmaking skills from scriptwriting through editing

Preserve the Culture and History of Motion PicturesFunding Film Preservation and Archival Programs with National and International SignificanceThe Film Foundation, Inc.$350,000 for restoration of specific films to be identified and approved by HFPAOutfest$25,000 to expand the Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film PreservationIngmar Bergman Archive$10,000 from President’s Discretionary Fund to convert the late filmmaker’s journals and archival documents into digital format.Funding Major Film Retrospectives Showcasing Masterworks and Prominent Filmmakers of World Cinema to Advance Knowledge and Appreciation Among Diverse Audiences, primarily in Los AngelesAmerican Cinematheque$40,000 for Golden Globe Foreign Language Film Nominees Series screening and discussion with directorsLos Angeles Conservancy$30,000 to support the “Last Remaining Seats” series bringing together great films, classic movie houses and broad public audiencesSpecial ProjectsEnsemble Studio Theatre – The LA Project$10,000 to support emerging and established theatre artists and productionsFINCA International$10,000 to provide micro-loans for support of the poverty alleviation program in Haiti Lollipop Theatre Network$5,000 to support a film screening series for pediatric patients in Southern California hospitalsYoung Musicians Foundation$5,000 to support the YMF Debut OrchestraSUBTOTAL: $1,200,425President’s Discretionary Fund$20,000 for the President’s Discretionary FundTOTAL: $1,220,425